(Please Post: December 21, 2011) HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH 350 Fifth Avenue, 34th Floor FULL-TIME JOB VACANCY New York, NY 10118-3299 Tel: 212-290-4700 Advocacy Director Fax: 212-736-1300 Africa Division Fax: 917-591-3452 (Nairobi Office preferred) Kenneth Roth, Executive Director Application Deadline: January 21, 2012 Michele Alexander, Deputy Executive Director, Development and Global initiatives Carroll Bogert, Deputy Executive Director, External Relations Jan Egeland, Deputy Executive Director, Europe Iain Levine, Deputy Executive Director, Program Chuck Lustig, Deputy Executive Director, Operations Walid Ayoub, Information Technology Director Human Rights Watch (“HRW”) is seeking highly-qualified applicants for the Emma Daly, Communications Director position of Advocacy Director. Barbara Guglielmo, Finance and Administration Director Peggy Hicks, Global Advocacy Director Babatunde Olugboji, Deputy Program Director Dinah PoKempner, General Counsel Description: Tom Porteous, Deputy Program Director James Ross, Legal and Policy Director Joe Saunders, Deputy Program Director Frances Sinha, Human Resources Director The Africa Advocacy Director is the chief advocacy strategist for HRW’s work in Program Directors the sub-Saharan Africa region. He or she is responsible for ensuring the Brad Adams, Asia highest standards of quality and effectiveness for HRW’s diverse advocacy Joseph Amon, Health and Human Rights Daniel Bekele, Africa efforts and works both with Africa Division staff as well as the Global advocacy John Biaggi, International Film Festival Peter Bouckaert, Emergencies team of core advocates in the organization to design and implement strategies Richard Dicker, International Justice Bill Frelick, Refugee Policy to promote and protect human rights in Africa. The Advocacy Director helps to Arvind Ganesan, Business and Human Rights conceptualize, design and implement strategies for transforming HRW's Liesl Gerntholtz, Women’s Rights Steve Goose, Arms investigations and reports into concrete improvements in human rights policies Alison Parker, United States Graeme Reid, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights and practices by enlisting the support of all possible allies including José Miguel Vivanco, Americas Lois Whitman, Children’s Rights governments, international and regional institutions with particular emphasis Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East and North Africa Hugh Williamson, Europe and Central Asia on the African Union and sub-regional bodies, private and non-state actors, Advocacy Directors colleague organizations, media, and the general public. He or she also helps Philippe Bolopion, United Nations to shape HRW’s research agenda by identifying opportunities for impact. In Kanae Doi, Japan Jean-Marie Fardeau, France addition, the Advocacy Director is a key organizational spokesperson, among Meenakshi Ganguly, South Asia Lotte Leicht, European Union those who represent the Africa Division before government officials, Tom Malinowski, Washington DC David Mepham, United Kingdom international agencies, media and the public. The Advocacy Director is a Wenzel Michalski, Germany member of HRW’s Africa Division staff and will preferably be based in the Juliette de Rivero, Geneva Nairobi office with frequent travels both in the region and outside of the region. Board of Directors James F. Hoge, Jr., Chair Susan Manilow, Vice-Chair Joel Motley, Vice-Chair More specific essential responsibilities include: Sid Sheinberg, Vice-Chair John J. Studzinski, Vice-Chair Hassan Elmasry, Treasurer 1. Serve as one of the key spokesperson and advocate for Human Rights Bruce Rabb, Secretary Karen Ackman Watch on Africa; Jorge Castañeda Tony Elliott Michael G. Fisch Michael E. Gellert 2. Work closely with researchers in the Africa division from the selection of Hina Jilani Betsy Karel research projects to the design and implementation level to ensure that an Wendy Keys Robert Kissane effective advocacy strategy is part of the research project as well as develop and implement advocacy strategies on the full range of issues addressed by Oki Matsumoto Barry Meyer Pat Mitchell Aoife O’Brien HRW in Africa; Joan R. Platt Amy Rao Neil Rimer 3. Present research findings on human rights violations in Africa and Victoria Riskin Amy L. Robbins recommendations for advocacy targets including government offices, Shelley Rubin Kevin P. Ryan international/regional institutions, media and general public; Jean-Louis Servan-Schreiber Javier Solana Siri Stolt-Nielsen Darian W. Swig 4. Establish and maintain regular contacts and effective working John R. Taylor relationship with relevant government officials from around the world, relevant Marie Warburg Catherine Zennström staff of international/regional institutions, (particularly with AU, its organs and Robert L. Bernstein, Founding Chair, (1979-1997) sub-regional organizations), members of the media, and other important Jonathan F. Fanton, Chair (1998-2003) Jane Olson, Chair (2004-2010) actors; 5. Keep abreast of policy developments, gathering relevant information and provide a timely synthesis and analysis on policy developments as well as advise on emerging advocacy opportunities on the continent and elsewhere; 6. Prepare advocacy materials such as press releases, op-eds, campaign materials and other relevant advocacy documentations; 7. Work closely with international, national and local civil society organizations and activists including human rights organizations through formal and informal coalitions and partnerships; 8. Ensure organization-wide coordination to develop advocacy strategies and activities; 9. Perform other duties as required. QUALIFICATIONS: Education: An advanced (graduate) degree in international relations, journalism, law, or social science is required. Experience: Minimum 7 years of direct experience in nongovernmental organizations, intergovernmental organizations, or governments working to influence policy on human rights in Africa. Required Skills and Knowledge: 1. Senior level advocacy experience and knowledge of policymaking in Africa. 2. Extensive knowledge of sub-Saharan Africa and its human rights issues. 3. Experience designing and implementing successful advocacy initiatives. 4. Ability to defend and explain complex issues and positions to governmental and intergovernmental bodies as well as to media and staff. 5. A track record of dealing with the media, including experience with media interviews as well as cultivating and maintaining relationships with key journalists. 6. Demonstrated ability to think creatively, strategically, and quickly. 7. Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and proficiency in French is strongly desirable; proficiency in another language is an added value. 8. Demonstrated commitment to human rights and/or international issues and the capacity to master and represent the mission and programs of HRW. 9. Strong interpersonal skills in order to work collaboratively within HRW as well as with local partners, government officials, and external partners. 10. Capacity to appropriately plan and prioritize and to manage multiple, sometimes competing, demands efficiently in a challenging, fast-paced, pressured environment. Salary and Benefits: HRW seeks exceptional applicants and offers competitive compensation and employer-paid benefits. HRW will pay reasonable relocation expenses and will assist employees in obtaining necessary work authorization, if required; citizens of all nationalities are encouraged to apply. PLEASE APPLY IMMEDIATELY by emailing in a single submission a letter of interest describing your experience, your resume, salary requirements, names and contact details for references, copy of your transcript(s) and/or degree certificate(s), and a brief writing sample (unedited by others) no later than January 21, 2012 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please use “Africa Advocacy Director Ref AFR-11- 1060-A” as the subject of your email. Only complete applications will be reviewed. It is preferred that all materials be submitted via email. If emailing is not possible, send materials (please do not split a submission between email and regular post) to: Human Rights Watch Attn: Search Committee (Africa Advocacy Director Ref AFR-11-1060-A) 350 Fifth Avenue, 34th Floor New York, NY 10118-3299 Fax: (212) 736-1300 *** Human Rights Watch is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate in its hiring practices and, in order to build the strongest possible workforce, actively seeks a diverse applicant pool. Human Rights Watch is an international human rights monitoring and advocacy organization known for its in-depth investigations, its incisive and timely reporting, its innovative and high-profile advocacy campaigns, and its success in changing the human rights-related policies and practices of influential governments and international institutions.